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Him of many faces

Tommy Davidson makes impressions at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Remember the T-1000 from “Terminator 2” and how it was made up of that mimetic alloy that allowed it to instantly transform into whomever it wanted? Tommy Davidson must be made of similar stuff, considering how completely he disappears into impressions, from Sylvester […]

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Just a guy

Bill Engvall at the Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Bill Engvall has been trying to convince us he’s “just a guy” since he began his professional career in comedy some 30-odd years ago. He has that easy quality, the warmth that radiates from genuine people. He loves his wife. He’s proud of his daughter […]

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Getting her done

LARRY THE CABLE GUY WITH JEFF FOXWORTHY AT THE TAFT THEATRE By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know Larry the Cable Guy, the jovial, sleeveless sensation, widely recognized for hollering his supportive catchphrase “Git-r-done!” For this you likely also know Mater, the loveable tow truck sidekick from Cars, the third installment of which is currently in […]

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Funny with a purpose

Suzanne Westenhoefer brings bold comedy to Antioch By Lauren Adams Laughter is truly the best medicine, and as any good doctor will tell you, there is an inherent responsibility in the way that medicine is dispensed. At its best, comedy not only entertains—it inspires, educates and exposes some difficult truths about society. It’s something we […]

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The right to offend

Rodney Carrington’s “Here Comes the Truth” at Victoria By Don Hurst Photo: Rodney Carrington performs on Feb. 19 at the Victoria Theatre; photo: Laura Goldstein “You have offended about everyone on the planet. When people leave your show they have to go home and scrub their whole skin down with a wire brush and go […]

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Cross my heart and hope to Dye

Jeff Dye at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin You know that one friend you have who’s always good for a story? It doesn’t even have to be about anything extraordinary, they just have a really engaging way of telling you about daily minutia. If you’re lucky, that friend is something like Jeff Dye, […]

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Economical comedy

Costaki Economopoulos comes to Wiley’s By Rusty Pate Photo: Costaki Economopoulos performs Jan. 14-16 at Wiley’s Comedy Joint, In many ways, standup comedy is the ultimate art form. Painting, music and filmmaking all have their virtues, but no other means of self expression allows the artist the freedom that comes with standing on stage, in […]

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He comes to you from the future

John Heffron at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: John Heffron will perform Dec. 10-13 at Dayton Funny Bone John Heffron has been telling jokes for more than 20 years, his first gig being emcee at Main Street Comedy Showcase on the University of Michigan campus. A Detroit native, Heffron later spent years […]

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The comedy man cometh

Bert Kreischer at Dayton Funny Bone By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Bert Kreischer will perform Nov. 6-8 at Dayton Funny Bone Remember at the end of “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (1978) how they do a little freeze-frame on each character to let you know where they ended up? And you see the one for John […]

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Comedy’s real deal

Mike Epps at the Schuster Center By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: Comedian Mike Epps will perform at the Schuster Center on Oct. 24 Mike Epps’ career reaches back to the early ‘90s, when he started as a stand-up comic. On the big screen, he’s played memorable roles such as Day-Day in the “Friday” films and […]

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Vitality Check: 4/26/16

Heeeeeere’s Rocco! By Rocco Castellano What’s up b–ches? I’m back! I know all of you were wondering where I went […]

More than a building

Troy walking history tours offer a deeper look By Don Hurst On Friday April 29, Downtown Troy’s past will come […]

Be Well Marsha: 4/19/16

Toast to joy By Marsha Bonhart Shhhh … I have a secret. It’s one I am willing to share, despite […]

On Your Marc: 4/19/16

Dayton, the start of it all By Marc Katz It was a dark and stormy winter—yeah, with snow piled up […]

On Your Marc: 4/12/16

UD a place to emulate By Marc Katz When Wright State University was introducing its new men’s basketball coach Scott […]

Be Well, Marsha: 4/12/16

One tooth at a time By Marsha Bonhart “All I want for Christmas … “ Completing that popular little ditty […]